Places to visit in Palermo with kids

Are you looking for great places to visit in Palermo with kids? Travelling with kids is exciting but can be stressful sometimes. Majority of us are parents so we can relate to you. We know that it is necessary to know where to go. So to avoid such inconvenience, especially for your kids, we are sharing the list of some of the places in Palermo where you can have a visit with your kids without ignoring fun and relaxation.

Mondello Beach

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photo courtesy of Jorge Franganillo

Mondello is one of the best places to visit with children, especially kids under seven years old. The sandy beach and shallow turquoise sea water are perfect for them. The beach is quite long, and there are lots of gelateria (ice cream stores), bars, restaurants, small counter street food seller along the beach, which comes very handy. Lidi(lido or bathing establishments) are usually available from May to September. During high season (around July to August), it will be quite hard to find a free beach. So if you want to have a private space, which means space at least 50 cm away from your beach towel, maybe you should consider renting a place at some lido or beach clubs. Most of them also offer a small beach park area for toddlers.

Cefalu Beach

About 45 minutes driving from Palermo, you’ll reach Cefalù. A lovely sandy beach with its beautiful fisherman village scenery. Just like Mondello, Cefalu also has private and free beach spots for those who don’t mind a crowd of people during the high season. Here at Cefalu, you can also visit the Lavatoio Medievale. It is an old medieval wash where the water is cold even during August’s summer heat. Always keep in mind that this place is quite slippery, especially during the hot Sicilian summer seasons, as most of the visitors are refreshing themselves with the fresh cold water. So keep an eye on your toddlers or children.

Puppet Show & Marionette Museum

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photo courtesy of Dennis Jarvis

The Sicilian puppet is very expressive and colourful. The size of the puppets may vary from city to city. For example, you can find the puppet in Catania is almost twice more prominent than the one in Palermo. Most of the puppet show’s stories are about battles, betrayals and chivalric deeds. Although classical Roman and Greece stories also cover it, it will be wiser to visit the Marionette Museum for smaller children. The following link might be useful for you.
http://www.mancusopupi.it/
https://www.museodellemarionette.it/index.php?lang=en

BioPark, Carini

Biopark of Sicily is just a few kilometres away from Palermo. Inside the park, you can find a land rich in botanical gardens, prototypes of dinosaur, reptiles, aquarium and a small Zoo. It is definitely a place where adults and children can have fun and relax at the same time. A glimpse of the park can be found on below link:
http://www.bioparcodisicilia.it/

Guest Farms

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Sicily is also famous for its lovely scenery and food. The best way to enjoy both, is to stay at least one night in one of the guest farm. There are plenty of choices arround Palermo and most of them are kids friendly too. Guest Farms are typically located on the hills or on the valley, but it is not impossible to find one near the sea. They offer activities for adults and kids based on the surrounding nature, Some of them also have a playground with children’s entertainer while the parents can have their relaxation time in the spa.

Palermo biking or walking tour

If you only have little time to visit Palermo City, bike or walking tour will be the right choice. It is one of my favourite way to spend the weekend with the kids. In about 3 or 5 hours you can visit monuments, palaces and churches while eating some excellent Palermitan street food, Cannoli or Craftsmen Gelato. There are enough choices for you and your family. It will all depend on one’s time and necessities.

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